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Call on the Federal Government to Let War Resisters Stay

In June, 2008, the Canadian Parliament passed a motion calling on the government to stop deportation proceedings against war resisters and allow them to stay in Canada as permanent residents.

The motion is in keeping with Canadian public opinion. An Angus Reid poll shows that 64% of Canadians want U.S. Iraq war resisters to stay.

The June motion was reaffirmed by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immmigration in the new Parliament on February 12, 2009 and adopted again by Parliament on March 30th, 2009.

Yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney continue to ignore Parliament and Canadians. Since the first motion passed in June 2008, three war resisters have been forced to leave Canada. Several more war resisters and their families are in imminent danger of deportation.

In response, a private members bill – Bill C-440 – was introduced September 17, 2009 by Gerard Kennedy, MP for Parkdale-High Park. The bill was seconded by Bill Siksay, MP for Vancouver Quadra. This bill would give legal effect to the motions already adopted by Parliament.

We need to continue to make our voices and our opposition heard! Please call or email the Prime Minister and the Immigration Minister and demand that they support Bill C-440.

Here are the numbers to call:

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper

Phone: (613) 992-4211
E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)
Or email him at: minister@cic.gc.ca or Kenney.j@parl.gc.ca

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: bevilacqua.m@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: chow.o@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: st-cyr.t@parl.gc.ca

SEND AN EMAIL to your Member of Parliament asking them to support Bill C-440: click here

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It is more urgent than ever that we send a message to the Canadian government that Canada needs to welcome US men and women who refuse to participate in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. There are three actions you can take today to help support the war resisters.

  • Visit the website in support of Bill C-440 for resources and updates;
  • Contact the federal government and make your views known; and
  • Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.


Add your name to the petition calling for the federal government to implement a provision to allow war resisters to stay in Canada. Initial signatories include June Callwood, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Shirley Douglas, Naomi Klein, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and many others.

Please download a copy of the petition, sign it, circulate it and return it to the campaign.

Write a letter to the editor
Letters to the editor are an important piece of the public debate on this issue. The majority of Canadians opposed the war in Iraq and support the provision of sanctuary for US soldiers. Send a copy of your letter to the campaign to resisters@sympatico.ca.